My four friends from the American Women's Club of The Hague and I would like to express our gratitude and praise for the Highlights of the Uffizi tour last week. With limited time in Florence, you helped us maximize our visit at the Uffizi and gain a deep appreciation for the collection. We were all inspired to return and view the collection in depth. In two hours, you completely immersed us in the art and culture from centuries before. When we walked out of the Museum, and back into the 21st Century, it was actually a bit of a jolt.
I have studied Art History for many years and I can tell the difference between shallow and deep familiarity with the subject. I could easily listen to the knowledge you have to share all day long and come back for more. I can confidently say for the five of us that we highly recommend any program Walks Inside Florence has to offer.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Hi Dr. Paola,
It was a pleasure to meet you and spend the day with you a couple of weeks ago in Florence. I asked Jennifer to write-up a short review of our tour (below); I hope this will be acceptable for your website.
As a reminder, our tour was on Thursday, February 10th.
Florence is a city simply bursting with art and history. You really need at least a week to explore it all, but for the traveler with limited time, we suggest you take a tour to hit the main highlights. Our tour guide, Paola, led us through the streets and museums of Florence and made sure we saw the most important attractions. Not only that, she made certain we understood the historical significance of each building or art work and the background of the artist or architect. Paola knew the city, its art, and its history inside and out and was able to share with us all of its most interesting stories and legends. Though a doctor in art history, she never spoke in terms that we (rather ignorant in the language and culture of art) could not comprehend; she was very patient and took the time to explain what we were looking at. We came away feeling we had experienced the best of Florence and had gotten a true taste of its flavor.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Just a short e-mail to thank you for making the stay in Florence so meaningful. You made so many aspects of the city and its art come alive for the two of us. Have safe travels to the Middle East. Also, wanted to mention again your consideration of a visit to the Barnes Foundation Gallery in Merion, Pennsylvania when you come to New York in January. The website is www.barnesfoundation.org. It is a fabulous place to visit.
Michelle and Michael Cahr
June 25-30, 2009
We had a great time in Italy thanks to Paola, Marzia and Emma. Without them we would not get the complete picture of Tuscany. We appreciate the professionalism, the warm and the cheerful personality of our guides. The trip to Chianti region and Siena left the unforgettable memories and was a wonderful addition to our perception of Italy.
Mary, Sally, Tanya, Rick and Josh from USA
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Marie and I greatly enjoyed the days that we spent in Firenze with you and Emma. You are both wonderful guides and wonderful people. We thank you for letting us see Firenze through your eyes. Either you or Emma, I don’t recall whom, mentioned that you also have a colleague who does guiding in Venice. Because we have the possibility of a visit to Venice next year, we wanted to contact your Venice colleague to explore the possibility of visiting Venice in the company of that colleague of yours. Could you tell us her/his name and e-mail address, and whether you would recommend her/him to guide us in Venice much as you did in Firenze and as Marilena did in Rome?
With thanks and best wishes from both of us,